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Financial Advisor / Economist in Rwanda – VVOB


VVOB – education for development is a Belgian non-profit organisation that focuses on improving the quality of education. VVOB has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) and is implementing education programmes in 9 partner countries, including in Rwanda.

In cooperation with the University of Rwanda – College of Education (URCE) and Rwanda Education Board (REB), VVOB started in 2017 with a multi-year programme (2017-2021) on “Leading, Teaching and Learning Together”. The programme is currently being upscaled in primary and secondary schools to 17 districts in Rwanda and aims to improve the quality of education through the professional development of school leaders and induction of new teachers.

To deepen insights in the cost-efficiency of our interventions in Rwanda and plan for a further expansion and upscaling of our programme based on detailed financial and economic scenario studies, we are currently looking for a Financial Advisor / Economist”

With your financial, economic and quantitative knowledge and skills, you do financial prognoses and economic analyses that enable us to further plan and formulate our interventions in Rwanda in the long term. You share your insights with VVOB colleagues and Rwandese cooperation partners, but also with a broader public, including donors. You work in a mixed team of Rwandese and expat colleagues, you are the connecting link between the financial department and the programme department, and you report directly to the Programme Manager.  his position is based at the VVOB office in Kigali. The role involves travel within Rwanda, as well as infrequent international travel.

This post is open to Rwandese and EU applicants.

Responsibilities include:
  • In close cooperation with the colleagues of the financial and programme departments, you collect and structure financial data of our activities;
  • With this financial data, you calculate cost structures, return and efficiency of our interventions, provide recommendations for improvements and optimisations, and support the colleagues in implementing these;
  • You support the financial department and programme department in financial planning, implementation and budget monitoring;
  • You prepare and calculate various financial and economic scenarios and models to further expand and upscale our interventions, and you provide advice on this to colleagues, Rwandese partners and (potential) other donors and cooperation partners;
  • You develop user-friendly financial formats to further optimise the formulation and planning of new programmes;
  • You stay informed on the structure and developments of the Rwandese national budget for education, and signalise tendencies, opportunities and risks for VVOB’s programme interventions;
  • You actively contribute to finding new funding opportunities and to developing project proposals;
  • You contribute to VVOB’s internal and external communications from a financial and economic point of view;
  • You share lessons learned with colleagues in Rwanda but also with the broader organisation.



  • Education: a master’s degree in economic sciences, socio-economic sciences, business administration, or a related field;
  • Experience:
    • You have experience with quantitative research with strong analytical skills and an eye for detail;
    • You have experience with doing financial prognoses and economic analyses; preferably in the area of cost-benefit, cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness analyses;
    • You have strong English communication skills, both written and oral, and know how to translate complex financial and economic analyses into clear communication messages and presentations to share with different audiences, and to provide advice based on the local context;
    • You have at least three years of relevant work experience;
    • You have at least one year of experience working in a developing country;
    • You have a strong interest in and affinity with international development cooperation;
  • Competencies: cooperation, continual learning and improving, results-oriented, eexcellent verbal and written communication skills, 360° empathy, reliability, development oriented, creativity in problem solving, problem analysis and judgment;
  • Skills:
    • Strong time and project management skills (planning, budgeting, report writing);
    • Flexible with a proven ability to multitask and adjust to changing circumstances;
  • This post is open to Rwandese and EU applicants.


  • Familiarity with the ingredient approach;
  • Knowledge of Access, PowerBI and Navision;
  • Experience with capacity building of organisations, teams and persons, preferably in strengthening government systems and structures.
We offer:
  • A dynamic working environment in an international context; our team in Rwanda consists of a multi-disciplinary team of Rwandan and international professionals;
  • An exciting job with varied responsibilities and opportunities for professional development;
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Funding is secured up until 31st December 2021.

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Start date: As soon as possible.


Interested candidates should apply through this link by December 15, 2019.

Only applications received via the online application form will be reviewed.

Questions can be sent to the following email address: recruitment@vvob.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Shortlisted candidates will take a written test, go through an interview process and an assessment, and will have reference checks before a final offer.


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